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Want a toy for your dog? Avoid these

When it comes to toys, I often find that dogs have an abundance of them.

I have a simple rule with my clients – only three toys at given time. You will notice that your dog will have its favorites and they do not need 20 stuffies or 30 balls laying all over the place.

Also, if you have children it will be confusing to the dog as to which toys belong to whom. Do not give your dog any toys to play with that are small enough to fit down their throat as they may swallow them and choke.

When buying a toy, be sure there are no hard plastic eyes, noses, buttons… anything that can be chewed off and swallowed. Throw out toys that are falling apart or have tiny eyes or buttons on them.

Tennis balls are a very popular ball, but they can actually do a lot of damage to your dog’s teeth. Imagine brushing your teeth with a nail file… this essentially is what is happening to your dogs teeth when they mouth the tennis ball, as the felt, although may not seem it, is quite abrasive on their teeth. Lacrosse balls are a great alternative and less expensive.

Playing tug of war with your dog with a tug rope or toy is actually good for them as it simulates the same type of play they are missing out on with their littermates and friends; just be sure that you are the one to end the game on your terms.

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About the Author

All about Brad Pattison:

Educating Others

  • Created & opened the first Doggy Day Care in 1991 in Vancouver, BC
  • Opened up Hustle Up™ Training School in spring 2008 (certifies people to become Certified Trainer Educator’s or 6Legs to Fitness™ instructors)

  • Currently 90 Certified Trainer Educator’s across Canada, 1 in United States, 15 6Legs to Fitness™ instructors in Canada and 5 in South Africa.


  •  Host of hit TV show “At The End of My Leash". Currently airing in 50+ countries with a total of 6 seasons, 78 episodes.
  •  Host and Producer of ‘Puppy SOS’, which premiered on Slice Network April 6th, 2011.
  •  Guest appearances on Canadian Television shows – 3 Takes, X-Weighted, The Mom Show and Simon & Chris

  • In 2008, at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards, “At The End of My Leash” won 4 out of 5 nominations including Best Series and Best Host.
  • ‘At The End of My Leash’ was also nominated at the 2008 Gemini Awards

  • In 2010, at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards, “At The End of My Leash” won Best Lifestyle Serie


  • Honorary Chair for Canadian Cancer Society’s ‘Bark For Life’ in 2010 and 2011, held in Toronto, ON.

  • Affiliation with the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe to help raise awareness of the declining Painted Dog population. The Painted Dog leash and collar line, designed by Brad Pattison– donates $3 from each item purchased to the Painted Dog Conservation. www.painteddog.org


Rescue Missions

  • Created Pattison K9 Rescue team with first mission down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Helped rescue over 200 dogs.
  • Partnered up with CANDi International for a dog rescue projects in Cancun, July 2009 and Puerto Rico in November 2009. www.candiinternational.org
  • Aid in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.
  • Brought an eight-person team down to Cancun in February 2011 to help Spay and Neuter program alongside the Cancun Animal Rescue organization.


  • Author of 3 books: Synergy in Training between Man & Dog, Doggy Business (kids book for Dog Babysitting) and bestseller, Brad Pattison Unleashed (published through Random House Canada).
  • New Puppy book to be released May 2012 through Random House Canada.



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